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The Peninsula at Harbor Point site is available immediately for the development of up to 1 million square feet.
Handler ran an unsuccessful campaign to become the Republican nominee for governor in the last election.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties reported leasing increases of 90% in Wilton, 75% in Westport and about 27% in Greenwich from March 1-April 29.
"I am disappointed Mike (Handler) did not share with me his intention to leave Stamford to join BLT, despite the obvious concerns it would raise with me and Stamford’s community," Mayor David Martin says.
The New Canaan resident joins a team "committed to exploring the benefits public/private partnerships can yield for Connecticut and on a national level as we continue on our mission to create and enhance vibrant ecosystems where individuals can live, work, play and stay," BLT said.
“Stamford could become the sixth borough of Manhattan" if the promise of improved train service becomes a reality, according to BLT Co-president Ted Ferrarone.
“One of the keys (for Stamford and Norwalk) is the train stations,” says BLT Co-president Ted Ferrarone. “That just helps create the kinds of synergies that employers, employees and residents are all looking for right now.”
Clarion Partners acquired the property at 201 Commons Park South in 2014 for $99 million.
While the county's commercial space vacancy stands at 26.7% -- and is expected to drop to 23.5% next year -- that still compares unfavorably with the nationwide rate of 12.2%.
The new building at The Curb at North 7 consists of 232 residential units featuring wood-finish plank flooring, quartz countertops, walk-in closets, full-size washer and dryer, and private balconies.
“A lot of people have the impression that all the new development going on hasn’t created opportunities for below market rate units,” says BLT CEO Ted Ferrarone. “That is a misperception.”
The developer says the system is expected to generate 732,400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable energy per year, enough to power 70 homes.
Junction at North Seven, which opened May 2 at 87 Glover Ave. in Norwalk, is being touted as a pop-up party space with an indoor beer garden and food hall.
The 235-unit Curb includes a sundeck with pool, coworking space, a dog park, a running/walking trail, a resident lounge and fitness center.